Nov 24 - Britain's FTSE 100 .FTSE index is seen opening 37 points higher at 6,371 on Tuesday, according to financial bookmakers.
* ASTRAZENECA: AstraZeneca AZN.L said on Monday its COVID-19 vaccine was 70% effective in pivotal trials and could be up to 90% effective, giving the world's fight against the global pandemic a third new weapon that can be cheaper to make, easier to distribute and faster to scale-up than rivals. GREENCORE: Food group Greencore GNC.L said on Monday it plans to raise cash by issuing new shares after reporting an 81% plunge in annual profit due to the COVID-19 crisis. JD SPORTS: JD Sports JD.L is in exclusive talks with British department store chain Debenhams over a potential rescue takeover, the Times reported on Monday. ROYAL DUTCH SHELL: Royal Dutch Shell PLC RDSa.L may begin the permanent shutdown of its 211,146 barrel-per-day Convent, Louisiana, refinery early next week, people familiar with plant operations said on Monday. VODAFONE: Vodafone VOD.L said on Monday that operations on its German mobile network were returning to normal after the failure of control equipment caused a widespread outage lasting more than three hours. GOLD: Gold slipped as progress on a COVID-19 vaccine and a federal agency's approval of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden's transition to the White House bolstered risk appetite, denting the bullion's safe-haven appeal. OIL: Brent crude prices hit their highest levels since March as news of a third promising vaccine candidate spurred hopes of a quick recovery in oil demand. The UK blue-chip index .FTSE closed 0.3% lower on Monday. UK CORPORATE DIARY:
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